Dir. Mamoru Hosoda. Japan. 2018. 98 mins
“The story is a wisp of a thing – a little boy gradually comes to terms with the arrival of a baby sister – but the latest anime from Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) is a beguilingly sweet-natured little gem. The film balances spiralling flights of fancy with glinting observations on parenting and family dynamics. The former will charm younger members of the audience, the latter will elicit nods of recognition from their parents. A somewhat episodic structure which interrupts the flow of picture is the main issue with this otherwise delightful film” says Wendy Ide.